The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.Rob Roberge is the author of neo-noir novels More Than They Could Chew and Drive. He is also the author of a collection of stories titled Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life.Thomas Perry is the award-winning author of many critically acclaimed novels, including the Edgar Award-winning The Butcher's Boy and its equel, Sleeping Dogs. Perry's latest book is The Runner, which is part of the five-volume Jane Whitefield series.Mark Haskell Smith is the author of the novels Moist, Delicious and Salty, which was a Book Sense Notable Book in 2007. In addition he has worked extensively in film and television - his credits include the Brazilian film "A Partilha." Paul Tremblay has won acclaim for his short fiction and received two nominations for the 2007 Bram Stoker Award. He is the author of a novel titled The Little Sleep. Tremblay lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
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